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Todd Weir

Dr Todd Weir

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Todd Weir is a cultural and intellectual historian of modern Germany and of the transnational history of religion and secularism. He trained as a historian, first at the Humboldt University in Berlin and then at Columbia University in New York. Dr Weir taught at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Seattle University and the University of Washington before joining Queen's University in January 2007.


Conferences Convened

Dr Weir convened a Wiles Colloquium on October 2 and 3, 2009 at Queen's University. For more information please go to Turning Point 1968: A Year of Change from Belfast to Beijing

In 2008 Dr Weir initiated a university-wide programme of public lectures, films and an exhibit to mark the 40th anniversary of the epoch-making events of 1968. For more information, please go to "The Monist Century 1845-1945: Science, Secularism and Worldview".

In June 2015 Dr Weir convened an international symposium on "The Interwar Kulturkampf: Transnational Struggles over Secularism" at Queen's University.

Research Statement

An interest in the intersection of philosophy, religion and politics brought him to the topic of secularism, which is emerging as a key field of contemporary interdisciplinary research. In 2014 Dr Weir published a monograph that inserts secularism into the history of religion and confessional politics in nineteenth-century Germany. He now completing a second book that opens up new perspectives on the relationship of socialism and religion in Germany between 1890 and 1933. This research has been supported by fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Historisches Kolleg, the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Academy.

Out of the engagement with German secularism developed an interest in the history of modern worldviews. In 2009 Weir hosted an international conference at Queen’s on naturalistic monism, which resulted in the volume Monism: Science, Philosophy, Religion, and the History of a Worldview. Ultimately this work will culminate in book-length conceptual history of the term “Weltanschauung/worldview” from 1790 to the present that will take the reader from Germany to the US, UK and the Soviet Union. It will examine Weltanschauung as one of the chief terms through which moderns have experienced and conceived of systems of thought and belief.

Dr Weir also convenes an international research network on “Socialism and Religion in the Twentieth Century” with colleagues in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. He has also written on East German collectivisation in the 1950s and the relationship of German socialism to colonialism prior to the First World War.


Dr Todd Weir teaches on the following programmes / modules:


Socialism, the history of the idea

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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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